POSTED June 8, 2023
Remedial courses: empowering children to pursue their dreams in Burkina Faso
Noupoa says, “My dream is to become a doctor.” With the help of remedial classes, see how she is able to continue her education.
By Olivia Bangre, communications manager, Burkina Faso
In Burkina Faso, the pursuit of education is fraught with challenges, including school closures, displacement, and security concerns. Many children face the risk of dropping out and being exposed to dangers such as trafficking and forced recruitment. However, innovative solutions are emerging to address these issues and provide opportunities for students to continue their education. One such solution is the implementation of remedial classes, which have proven instrumental in helping students overcome learning difficulties and achieve academic success.
We will explore the impact of remedial courses on students in Burkina Faso, highlighting the inspiring story of Noupoa and the transformative effects of remedial classes.
Addressing the Education Crisis: Burkina Faso has experienced a significant increase in the closure of educational facilities, leaving a large number of students without access to schooling. Between December 2022 and January 2023 alone, the number of closed schools rose from 6,253 to 6,383, affecting over one million students. To counteract this trend and build resilience in the face of educational challenges, the Children’s Tilgré project, funded by the Regional Humanitarian Fund for West and Central Africa (FHRAOC), has introduced remedial classes as an alternative to support students in exam classes.
Noupoa’s Journey: Noupoa, a young girl from Burkina Faso, dreamt of becoming a doctor. However, her dreams were shattered when armed men forced her teachers to leave and burned down her school while she was in the 4th grade. Despite the adversity she faced, Noupoa refused to give up hope. She eventually arrived in the city of Fada after fleeing her hometown due to insecurity. With the opportunity to enroll in the 9th grade at a high school, Noupoa was thrilled to be back in the classroom. However, the traumatic events she experienced in her hometown had taken a toll on her academic performance.
The Impact of Remedial Classes: Fortunately, Noupoa’s high school was part of the Tilgré project, implemented by Children Believe in partnership with FHRAOC. The project aimed to strengthen the resilience of crisis-affected communities through integrated protection and education services in the North Central and Eastern Regions of Burkina Faso. Remedial classes were a key component of this initiative, providing Noupoa and other students with the opportunity to enhance their learning skills and catch up on missed content. The implementation of the activity was done in the communes of Fada and Diapaga with OCADES (Children Believe partner). Between October 23 2022 and January 14 2023, we were able to reach 1,695 students, of which 1,198 were displaced and 802 were girls.
Noupoa’s Success Story: Noupoa’s involvement in the remedial classes proved to be a turning point in her academic journey. In just a few weeks, she was able to improve her skills and actively participate in learning sessions. She attributes her success to her determination and the support she received through the remedial classes. The exercises and guidance provided by her teachers helped her grasp difficult concepts, while additional practice at home with the provided resources allowed her to consolidate her knowledge. With renewed confidence, Noupoa aspires to pass her exams and continue her studies, pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor.
Expanding Opportunities: Noupoa’s story exemplifies the transformative power of remedial classes in empowering students to overcome challenges and achieve their educational aspirations. However, there are still many displaced students like Noupoa who need support to access quality education. By investing in initiatives that provide remedial classes and similar interventions, we can create a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children in Burkina Faso. Together, we can help them realize their dreams and build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.
ABOUT CHILDREN BELIEVE:
Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60+ years, we’ve brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, we’re driven by a common belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.
About ChildFund Alliance:
A member of ChildFund Alliance, Children Believe is part of a global network of child-focused development organizations working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. ChildFund helps nearly 23-million children and their families in 70 countries overcome poverty and underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work to end violence against children; provide expertise in emergencies and disasters to ease the harmful impact on children and their communities; and engage children and youth to create lasting change and elevate their voices in decisions that affect their lives.